BAE Systems has sponsored a multi-university competition at Cranfield Airport.
Taking place last week, it brought together four teams from three universities in a game of attack and defence using UAVs.
The teams from Cranfield University, University of Manchester and University of Strathclyde were challenged to develop the most effective solution to take control of unauthorised UAVs in a restricted area.
Organisers say the scenario was developed based on the real and emerging threats that exist to protect urban spaces, airfields and airports from such incidents.
The students used a combination of technologies including AI and automation, together with close co-operation between UAVs to be in with a chance of winning an award in a round robin tournament.
Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Head of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems at Cranfield University, said: “Cranfield University and BAE systems have a long-term relationship having worked closely together on many research projects.”
He added: “The BAE Systems Swarm event is a great way of using our global research airport to provide students with the platform to demonstrate some of the innovative ideas which might be applied to solve real-life challenges.”
Watch a video of the action here: